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2001 Cadillac Deville problems starting

I have a 2001 Cadillac Deville. About once per week I will turn the key and the car will not start. The radio, lights and horn work. After about 10 times switching the key back and forth it will start. It will be fine until maybe a few days to a week later then its the same thing over again.

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  • Chris Sep 13, 2012

    I HAVE THE SAME CADILLAC BUT MINE IS THE DEVILLE DHS AND IT'S DOING THE SAME THING. WHAT I JUST WANTED TOO KNOW IS IF U FOUND OUT THE PROBLEM??

  • Chris Sep 16, 2012

    OK EVERYHING WORKS THE STARTER IS GOOD BUT WHEN I TURN THE KEY OVER THERE IS NO NOISE NO CLICK JUST ALL MY LIGHTS RADIO AND EVERTHING WORK

  • Robert Casados Nov 26, 2013

    I have the same problem w/DTS 2001. Help.

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I have had the same problem and I have come to the conclusion it is the security system. After 3 minutes the car will start so there is nothing wrong with the battery or starter. I have had it to the dealer a few times and they cannot solve it. It may be the locks on the doors and they may not be resetting properly. I have learned to live with it.

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